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Wednesday, October 24, 2012


SIAST and CGA reach deal
Regina Leader-Post
The relationship between SIAST and the Certified General Accountants Association of Saskatchewan (CGA Saskatchewan) was formalized Tuesday. Faculty members from the business and accounting departments at SIAST made the announcement at the Palliser campus. The agreement stated that CGA Saskatchewan would formally acknowledge SIAST as a partner in education for the base accounting courses for their program. Also, SIAST will continue to promote CGA Saskatchewan’s program and the merit of pursuing a CGA designation to SIAST’s business accountant graduates.

College business program gets $325000 boost
Waterloo Record
The Royal Bank has given Conestoga College’s business program a boost with a donation of $325,000. The money will go toward a new small business ventures program to begin next fall. College president John Tibbits said the “significant” donation will make a “huge difference” to the college’s goal of transforming itself into a world-class polytechnical institute offering career-based education. The money will be used to create a new graduate certificate in entrepreneurship for college and university graduates. Tibbits said the largest part of the economy is small to mid-size businesses, and the college will be creating more entrepreneurs with this program.–college-business-program-gets-325-000-boost

Algonquin College’s new president meets community
Pembroke Daily Observer
In his first official visit to the Upper Ottawa Valley since taking over as president of Algonquin College, Kent MacDonald hosted a tour of the new Renaissance Square campus for business, community and political leaders from across the county, followed by a presentation at the current campus building on his vision for the future of higher education in general and the college in particular. MacDonald’s presentation was essentially split into three sections, focusing on the importance of community integration into local colleges, and vice versa; the college’s future as a champion of applied, hands-on post-secondary education; and the continuing importance and influence of technology on college students’ learning experience.

ACC eager to complete North Hill move
Brandon Sun
The timeline and cost for Phase 3 of Assiniboine Community College’s relocation to Brandon’s North Hill are still up in the air. Erin Selby, the province’s minister of advanced education, said in a statement to the Brandon Sun that the project remains a goal of the government, but has significant costs associated with it. (Subscription required)

Province reinventing post-secondary education
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Glen Murray was in Greater Sudbury Oct. 19 to tour Cambrian College and Collège Boréal as part of a review of post-secondary education. Earlier this fall, every college and university was required to submit strategic mandate agreements to the province, looking at their unique attributes and where they’d like to go in the future. During his visit to Boréal, Murray told Northern Life he’s touring all of Ontario’s colleges and universities “to reach out and come and listen to students, faculty, the administration about the future of their colleges and universities.”

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board supports NIC students
Campbell River Mirror
In February 2011, in celebration of its 60th Anniversary, Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) in partnership with Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC), established an endowment fund for NIC students. “This award was established to financially support the educational dreams of North Island College students, allowing them to build a solid future for themselves and their northern Vancouver Island communities,” explains Darrell Paysen, Manager Member Services at VIREB. “Our intention was to annually award three bursaries to students attending NIC in the areas of Business Administration and construction-related trades and apprenticeship training.”

More improvements coming to RRC
Portage Daily Graphic
Campus manager Lori Grenkow got a chance to talk to the Portage Rotary Club on Tuesday to update them on the new improvements to Red River College’s Portage campus coming up. Since relocating to the old Victoria School in July of 2011 many improvements have been made to the building and there are still more on the way including the creation of a fitness centre for staff and students in the basement of the building, as well as refurbishing the gymnasium once the stores furniture can be removed.“Improvements that are up and coming are parking lots and we will be adding those hopefully in the spring with the asphalt portion of it. Then we are going to be adding some illuminated signage to the front of the building on each end of the buildings, so hopefully that will be coming shortly,” said Grenkow. “We are looking at Manitoba grants for the replacements of windows to make that building a little more heat efficient and generally it will be sprucing up the outside of the building to really give it a nice look and freshen up the front of the building.”

Canadore grant to boost manufacturing programs
With actions speaking louder than words, Canadore College is definitely being seen as a tool for economic development in Northern Ontario. On behalf of FedNor, on Thursday MP Jay Aspin announced a $1 million grant to the college to build a manufacturing research centre at the Commerce Court campus, opening next fall. Dubbed ICAMP, the centre will “create an innovation centre in the Commerce Court Campus, which will support prototyping, advanced manufacturing and production. The goal of the Innovation Centre is to facilitate the transition of industry innovation into the realm of manufacturing and production,” according to a press release.

TEP students take in traditional knowledge at culture camp
Slave River Journal
Eleven students and two teachers from the Thebacha campus’ Teacher Education Program (TEP) joined elder Francois Paulette for a three-day stay at the old Hay Camp townsite in Wood Buffalo National Park across the Alberta border. There, the group set up camp, went fishing on the Slave River, learned about hunting, plants and wildlife, and shared stories. The goal is to have education students experience how knowledge was traditionally shared and give them the opportunity to learn from elders. “Traditionally, whenever children were being educated, they’d be taken out on the land and be taught all the different aspects of the terrain, about the animals, about the hunting, about living off the land. That was traditional education, and it was all very much tied into place,” said Peter Kikkert, instructor of native and circumpolar studies at Aurora College. (login required)

Seneca College to Take Flight in Peterborough
Peterborough is pleased welcome a new addition to their Post Secondary community. Peterborough is already home to Trent University and Fleming College, and will be welcoming Seneca College’s School of Aviation and Flight Technology to its Municipal Airport with open arms. Peterborough’s supportive community was chosen as the College’s preferred location for their flight school, which is planning to commence its operation here in January 2014. The Flight School will contribute to Peterborough’s thriving Creative Economy and to the innovative environments in the community from the existing Post Secondary Institutions. Seneca’s School of Aviation and Flight Technology is currently operating out of Buttonville Airport. The school consists of approximately 150 second, third and fourth year students along with 50 faculty in support of their Bachelor of Aviation Technology. Students will continue to attend Seneca’s Newnham campus in Toronto for their first year, and then attend the Flight School at the Peterborough Airport for their second, third and fourth years.;type=user&func=display&sid=18104

John Abbott College welcomes David Suzuki today
West Island Gazette
It’s a big day on campus at John Abbott College in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Morning classes at the CEGEP were cancelled today to allow students to attend a lecture by renowned scientist and environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki. Suzuki’s visit coincides with the opening of the college’s new Science and Health Technologies building. The building, designed by the architectural firm Saucier + Perrotte, is in the running to be certified LEED gold – highly environmentally friendly. Suzuki will also be the keynote speaker at the building’s invitation-only inaugural gala, hosted by the John Abbott College Foundation.

Program offers mobile training equipment, labs
Cape Breton Post
Students, teachers and employers across Nova Scotia are getting access to mobile training equipment and labs under a $2.3-million program. Dexter was in Sydney on Tuesday to announce the program, which is expected to help more Nova Scotians receive skills and training they otherwise would not be able to access. The Nova Scotia Community College will receive $775,000 for mobile training equipment and $1.5 million for a mobile training lab, both of which can be used by students anywhere in the province. The federal shipbuilding contracts are expected to provide about 11,000 jobs and work for 30 years when the project hits its stride. The province says it is getting the province’s workers ready to take advantage of those opportunities.,-labs/1

Holland College named one of 2013’s Best Employers in Canada
The Guardian Charlottetown
Holland College has been named one of Aon Hewitt/Queen’s University 2013’s 50 Best Employers in Canada. The award is based on the results of employee surveys conducted in May and June and it is the second time that Holland College has received this honour. Grant Canvin, vice-president of corporate services for Holland College said that the college works hard to engage and develop employees throughout the year. “This survey result is due solely to the enthusiastic and engaged staff that we have here at Holland College. It is important to note that this metric is one that uses the opinions of our employees. Management responses only play a small part in the overall survey result.”

Algonquin chair awarded GG’s Gold Academic Medal
580 CFRA Radio
Algonquin College’s Academic Chair of Marketing and Management Studies has received the Governor General’s Gold Academic Medal. Jim Kyte, who also created Algonquin’s Sport Business Management graduate program, received the award Tuesday in Victoria, B.C. He was awarded the medal based on his organizational management project, that outlines a series of recommendations related to the pay and reporting structure of academic chairs in colleges and universities.;nid=88661

Prof looks at impact of farming on economy
The Daily Courier
To continue his work in measuring agriculture’s impact on the regional economy, Okanagan College business professor Lee Cartier has snagged a $25,000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada grant. Cartier’s study is called Rural Entrepreneurship and Industry Competitiveness: Value-Chain Innovation in the Agriculture Products Cluster since 2006. “The public only sees primary products,” said Cartier. “What they don’t see is the value-added that contributes to the economy.”

Confederation college enrollment down by 40 students
After several years of rapidly increasing enrollment, it looks like Confederation College is seeing a small dip in numbers for the current school year. The annual enrollment numbers give the college insight on how the new programs are being accepted and an opportunity to compare the number of students enrolled, to previous years. Confederation College has about 4,000 full-time students enrolled. These numbers are similar to last year, with a slight decrease of 43 students.

Fleming students get to the heart of textiles
Haliburton County Echo
The threads that bind our clothes and blankets tell us who we are and where we come from. Our history is tied closely to the fabrics we leave behind and it left seven Fleming College fibre arts certificate students inspired when they took the fibre art history course taught by Suzi Dwor earlier this month. The students were amazed at the political and social implications textiles have had on cultures, including what it revealed about the wearers and creators. Sarah Gaby-Trotz of Toronto, who is taking “a break” from working as a chef, now appreciates the stories presented through cloth. “We can see through all the cultures that we’ve studied. They’ve made these very conscious decisions because it’s not easy to construct especially if you’re living in the Amazon rainforest and you have to weave everything,” she said. “They still made these decisions to communicate a story or a spiritual belief or adorn themselves in a certain way.”

Bon Soo & Sault College Announce New Project
LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie
Bon Soo, Sault Ste. Marie’s beloved winter carnival, is not only preparing to celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary, but is also celebrating a new partnership with the Public Relations and Event Management (PEM) class at Sault College. This project marks the first time the established winter festival is partnering with an outside community group to plan an official Bon Soo event. The partnership offers numerous benefits to both organizations, and will ensure this year’s Bon Soo Winter Carnival is one to remember. The Public Relations and Event Management program, now in its second year at Sault College, will see its students research, design, plan, and execute a live event under the supervision of the Bon Soo Board of Directors. The details of this new event (which will take place daily, throughout the festival’s run February 1st-10th, 2013) won’t be released until Bon Soo makes its first official announcement regarding this year’s events on December 6th, 2012.

Students need affordable housing
Vancouver Sun
Vancouver has six post-secondary institutions: UBC, SFU, BCIT, Langara, Emily Carr, and Vancouver Community College. The lack of affordable housing in Vancouver forces young people to live farther away, stuck in bottleneck commutes from the North Shore or south of the Fraser (Subscription required)

Stars shine at Chamber gala event
Your Ottawa Region
Algonquin College nabbed two awards at the Greater Nepean Chamber of Commerce’s annual business achievement awards. The ceremony – held at the Centurion Conference Centre on Oct. 17 – honoured the best and brightest Nepean businesses have to offer. The college won the Not for Profit Award as well as the Green Award. The Algonquin College Foundation was founded in 2003.–stars-shine-at-chamber-gala-event

A positive impact
Regina Leader-Post
Murray Mandryk, in his Oct. 19 column regarding the relationship between Premier Brad Wall and the late Randell Morris, was right in his assessment that Morris has had considerable impact as a First Nations leader in his role as president of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. He was not, however, correct in his characterization of Morris’ formative years. Morris, who suddenly passed away earlier this month at the age of 47, was indeed a proud member of the George Gordon First Nation, but to characterize this community as being dysfunctional is unfair and inaccurate.

Vernon students among scholarship winners
Vernon Morning Star
“It’s tremendous every year to see the quality of students who come through Okanagan College, and a real privilege to help them succeed so they can continue with their university education,” said Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton, who also sits on the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society’s board of directors. The awards are handed out each September through the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society and are based on both strong grades and volunteer service to the students’ schools and/or communities. In total 89 B.C. students received the scholarship, making Okanagan College – with its 16 recipients – the institution with the second highest number of recipients.

Local Northern Lights College students receive tuition awards
A group of students have received some help when it comes to the price of their education. On Tuesday, October 23, a group of students studying at Northern Lights College, received entrance awards administered by the Northern Lights College Foundation. The awarded students are currently enrolled in programs at the Fort St. John or Dawson Creek campus which begun in September. Recipients from the Fort St. John campus include Alicia Remenda-Alton, who was honoured with the Audrey Clark Memorial Award, worth $5,000.

KI Pembroke donates $25000 to new college campus
Pembroke Daily Observer
KI Pembroke is the latest local business to support Algonquin College’s new campus capital campaign. The office furniture manufacturer has donated $25,000 to the college to help the campus achieve its community fundraising goal of $2.5-million. KI Pembroke general manager Dan Mellen says the college is an integral part of the community and KI has a history of supporting worthy causes, especially education. “We have donated furniture to local schools and supported students by providing summer jobs and offering bursaries to high school students. We are very committed to helping students at all levels, achieve success.” When completed, the $36-million new campus project will include 16 classrooms, nine applied learning labs, a student commons, library, gymnasium, fitness centre and many other student-centred services and facilities. The four-storey building has been built along Pembroke’s waterfront and adjacent to the city’s downtown, making it one of the most picturesque and desirable campus settings in the province.